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Philosophy Professor to Lecture on “Who Are Refugees?”

— by on February 24th, 2012

Matthew J. Lister, a visiting assistant professor at Villanova University School of Law, will give a lecture on Monday, March 19, at 5 p.m. in the Hillel Multipurpose Room. The talk is free and open to the public.

The title of Lister’s lecture is “Who Are Refugees?” He will discuss the definition of refugees, what could be done to help them and how a broader refugee definition may lead to problems.

Lister also lectures at the University of Pennsylvania Law School on international business transactions. He writes in a number of areas including immigration, criminal and international law, often from a philosophical perspective.

Lister’s publications include “Immigration, Association, and the Family” (Law & Philosophy, 2011); “Citizenship in the Immigration Context” (Maryland Law Review, 2010); “Desert: Empirical, not Metaphysical” (Comment on Robinson) in Criminal Law Conversations (Paul Robinson & Kim Ferzan, eds., Oxford University Press, 2009).

Lister clerked for the Hon. Judge Donald Pogue, United States Court of International Trade, from 2007 to 2009 and taught in the United States Peace Corps Volunteer Program in Western Russia at Ryazan State Pedagogical University.

He earned his B.A. from Boise State University (philosophy), his M.A. from the State University of New York at Albany (philosophy) and his J.D. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania (philosophy).

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